Black Belt Teacher Corps The College of Education has launched a classroom-to-career placement program for students in the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education. The Black Belt Teacher Corps gives teacher education majors funding for their own education and provides additional dollars to jump-start educational initiatives in the schools where they teach. We would like to thank the Alabama Legislature, specifically Senator Orr, Senator Singleton, and Representative Poole, for recognizing a need for this initiative and funding the Black Belt Teacher Corps. UWA’s program is a simple concept, largely based on the highly successful Ozarks Teacher Corps, which serves a 54-county region in Missouri, including nine of the 10 poorest counties in the state. The Ozarks Teacher Corps includes Missouri State University, Drury University, Evangel University, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Since 2009, the Ozarks Teacher Corps has a placement of 93 percent. The Black Belt Teaching Corps recently selected 10 teacher education majors and will be selecting 10 additional students February 9, 2017. Students in the program will receive a $5,000 tuition gift per year. They will participate in a rural leadership training program, which will include meetings, site visits, and selected readings during their junior and senior years. The students will commit to teaching in a Black Belt community for no less than three years and complete a service project as a requirement for being accepted into the program. Alabama’s Black Belt region includes Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter and Wilcox counties. Students will be partnered with a school in one of these 19 counties. Students are not required to be from any of these counties to be eligible for the UWA’s Black Belt Teacher Corps. After graduating, students who have participated in the Black Belt Teacher Corps will take their research and training to school districts across Alabama’s Black Belt region and also continue to serve as mentors to new UWA students who are accepted into the program. Students interested in applying for the Black Belt Teacher Corps should contact Susan Hester at email@example.com. Black Belt Teacher Corps Scholarship Application Black Belt Teacher Corps Recommendation Letter Form Meet our Black Belt Teacher Corps recipients! Austin Bishop [Piedmont, AL] Macy Bush [Gilbertown, AL] Levi Dorsett [Odenville, AL] Paige Gandy [Coatopa, AL] Devante Giles [York, AL] Amanda Kirkman [Northport, AL] Allie Marques [Livingston, AL] Haley Richardson [Reform, AL] Haley Sizemore [Birmingham, AL] Caitlyn Zirlott [Coden, AL] Pictured above: President Ken Tucker recently hosted an announcement reception introducing our first ten Black Belt Teacher Corps recipients. Pictured back row from left: Dr. Jodie Winship, Chairperson, Teaching and Learning, Hailey Richardson, Levi Dorsett, Haley Sizemore, Dr. Ken Tucker, President, UWA, Austin Bishop, Devante Giles. Pictured front row from left: Amanda Kirkman, Allie Marques, Caitlyn Zirlott, Macy Bush, Paige Gandy, Kristina Kallhoff, Black Belt Teacher Corps Coordinator, Dr. Jan Miller, Dean, College of Education.